A Difficult Conversation
He came out to her in the dark of the evening. Having the whole house to themselves while the kids were off at a sleepover.
She prepared some snacks, as they typically did when they were alone at home, and he picked their go-to movies. However, instead of viewing the movies, the two of them would wind up talking all night.
It had been fifteen years since they were married before he came out, and she regretted never giving him a safe space to truly express himself.
There was nothing Mary and Chris ever hid from one another. Chris shared part of himself with her that night that she wasn’t aware existed, and she knew her life had changed forever.
How They Met
They met as college students. Then, Mary was an art history major, and Chris was an architecture student.
The two quickly grew close since they shared interests in both their personal and academic life. They were destined to be together, even back then.
Mary made a vow to her husband that she would support him through good times and bad. On the other hand, Chris pledged that he would never desert his soulmate, no matter.
But fifteen years later, he would undergo the most significant change of his life, putting to the test every promise they made to one another at the altar on their wedding day.
It Was A Surprise
During his relationship with Mary, Chris had never acted femininely. He enjoyed everything that was traditionally associated with men, including fast automobiles, sports, and alcohol.
In addition, he did not enjoy taking Mary to the boutique whenever she needed to revamp her wardrobe or accompanying their two daughters to the salon when they needed hair treatments. He told Mary the truth that night, and it was quite a surprise to her.
He Was Her Everything
Chris had been the ideal husband for Mary. Despite his tiny eccentricities, he always made an effort to keep their marriage interesting by giving her the support and attention she deserved.
For fifteen years, she had lived in bliss with him. Any favor she could repay would be appreciated. She knew their marriage was doomed the moment he came out of the closet and said what he was thinking.
At the time Chris came out to Mary, it was a gloomy night. Their high school children were away at a sleepover, so they were all alone in the house.
In keeping with their usual routine, Mary prepared some snacks while Chris grabbed their favorite movies for the evening. It turned out that they didn’t watch the films but talked instead.
Telling The Truth
Mary was devastated by the truth of their marriage after Chris came out to her that evening. Her love for him could never be traded for anything. They’d been through hell and high water together.
Chris disclosed something that would leave her dumbfounded, as opposed to telling her how he intended to leave her and begin a new life.
The Love Was Still There
Chris said that despite the fact that he had always felt stuck in a body that wasn’t his, nothing had changed his feelings for her and their children. He pleaded with her to embrace him as he was and promise to support him through the next events.
Mary was unable to control her tears. She resented not providing her spouse with a way to vent his emotions. She was eager to accompany him on this journey.
A Challenging Time
The following morning, Chris also came out to their girls. They were too young to properly appreciate the seriousness of his statements at the ages of twelve and thirteen. But as the months passed and the family began to experience the transitions, everything became apparent.
Chris and Mary had a protracted conversation regarding his transition. Mary thought back to the times she had discovered him earlier looking up gender changes. She was aware that her family would have to endure a challenging path.
Who They Were Meant To Be
Chris began his transition, officially changing his name to Christy. She and Mary had their marriage certificate revised, recognizing her as Mary’s wife. But this was only the beginning.
Christy changed several things in her life, from outfits to how she spent time with her family. Where she’d rarely taken her daughters to the salon or accompanied her wife to get new clothes, now she couldn’t get enough of it. But how was Mary taking all of this change?
It is said that very few people usually like change in their lives. As humans, people are used to the security that comes with the familiar. Routine is generally free of risk.
For Mary, seeing her wife smile while transitioning was more than heaven. She’d never seen Christy this happy and would help her complete each facet of her transition. But like with many paradises, it wouldn’t be long before trouble came knocking.
The Meat Of The Bone
Although Christy responded positively to her transition, her doctor warned her that the remainder of the procedures would be riskier and more expensive.
Gender reassignment usually takes several months or even years to complete. It mainly involves surgery and hormone injections. The former of the two usually costs more and has more risk. Would Christy be open to continuing her journey even though the risk of losing everything loomed before her eyes?
With the support of his family, Christy began her series of surgeries. The process was not only long but painful, but she could face anything with her family by her side.
The months went by, and as her body had done with each transition phase, it responded positively to everything. A year passed with Christy’s doctor keeping her under a watchful eye, but they’d soon give her the green light to go and enjoy her life.
Forever And Always
“Fifteen years of marriage, and I never knew about her,” Mary shared while recalling her journey with Christy, who was grinning beside her.
“This is quite the ride we are experiencing. I am learning so much! And I am so proud of her for being brave enough to face herself and the world,” she added. “I will always love and celebrate her. I hope she knows it.”
Disclaimer: To protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.